1,300 CALIFORNIA BRIDGES IN CALIFORNIA “STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT”

For Immediate Release: February 16, 2017

Fix Our Roads Coalition: “How much more proof do we need to convince lawmakers to fix California roads?”

Evidence continues to pile up demonstrating dire consequences of failure to adequately invest in transportation infrastructure repairs

Sacramento –The Fix Our Roads Coalition today reacted with concern to a new report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARBTA) which evaluated the nation’s bridges and found that more than 1,300 California bridges are structurally deficient. According to the study, “out of the 25,431 bridges in California, 1,388, or 5%, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition.

Fix Our Roads issued the following statement:

“While these findings probably surprise no one who follows transportation issues, they should gravely concern everyone. For years California has failed to invest in infrastructure, particularly roads and bridges. This report confirms that California’s state and local bridges are at risk. They deteriorate without regular maintenance and necessary upgrades and put public safety at risk.

“How much more proof do we need to convince lawmakers to fix California roads? The longer we wait, the more dangerous and costly the problems become.

“The Legislature urgently needs to pass a transportation funding package, such as SB1 and AB 1, so the state and local governments can begin making needed repairs and upgrades. The recent storms have made problems worse. Earlier this week CalTrans announced it had racked up more than $400 million in additional costs due to emergency, storm-related repairs that may have been mitigated with proper maintenance.

“We all pay, the longer they delay.”

Link to the page of the report listing CA data: http://www.artba.org/deficient-bridge-state-page/?y=2016&state=CA

Link to press release from American Road & Transportation Builders Association: http://www.artba.org/2017/02/15/nearly-56000-american-bridges-on-structurally-deficient-list-new-analysis-of-federal-data-shows/